Newspaper front page stories review

These are the main stories from Malta’s newspaper front-pages.

The Times reveals that self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma visited Castille three weeks after the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. On this occasion he met with Keith Schembri’s assistant to resolve an issue over roadworks in Żurrieq. 

The Independent quotes a European Commission report which says that the Maltese economy is heavily reliant on foreign workers but does little to help companies retain them. The Semester Report highlights a ‘tightening labour market’ as long-term challenge for Malta.

L-Orizzont says that the Economic and Social Forum is expected to discuss the quarantine and leave mechanism at a meeting on the coronavirus this week. Health authorities will brief partners on the situation.

In-Nazzjon quotes PN Leader Adrian Delia who insisted that Malta can manage its own healthcare system and said that the opposition will not allow overseas companies to ‘rob families’ in this sector.

The Independent speaks to the head of the Malta-EU Steering Committee, Mandy Falzon, who said that if the country’s financial allocation in the EU Budget is reduced, Malta could still make up for it by applying for direct funds.

L-Orizzont quotes Prime Minister Robert Abela who said that, following the spontaneous protest by Magħtab farmers on Saturday, he has invited them for talks in Castille today. Abela said the negotiations will continue until an agreement is reached.

The Times says that February has been the driest ever observed by the Met Office since it started keeping records in 1923, with just 0.6 millimetres of rainfall. The second month of the year is usually one of the wettest with an average of 56.9 millimetres rain.

L-Orizzont reports on a court case where the Judge declared a marriage null after it emerged that the wife had falsely claimed to be pregnant and leading her partner at the time to propose to her.